Riverina New South Wales
Taking pride of place in the pantheon of great Australian fortifieds, Hanwood is an exceptionally smooth and mellow, rich Tawny Port. An assembly of luscious wines which have been ageing in small oak cask for up to sixty years. Great care is taken at the blending stage to achieve an average age of ten years as opposed to five, which is the practice for most other Ports. The extra time spent in oak, combined with the traditional techniques perfected by McWilliam's since 1877, are what makes Hanwood such a very special Fine Old Port.
McWilliam's Hanwood Port has always been crafted from the highest quality fruit, grown entirely to the sun soaked vineyards of the Riverina. Hanwood is made through a solera based system, with the components topped up each year by selected younger, fresher wines. The oldest component of the blend is up to sixty years old. Grapes for the newer components are still picked in the traditional manner and vinified for seven to nine days until the addition of a neutral brandy spirit is added to arrest the fermentations. Most of the base wines are aged in smaller oak casks which are racked and replenished as they progress through a queue at the McWilliams cellars. Approx 19.0%
Dark red with brown hues. Complex intense aged rancio characters on the bouquet. Powerful raisin and spice, coffee and walnut aromas. A chewy palate of rich, developed flavours and luxurious aged characters, licorice and apricot, a reduction of fruits and fully integrated spirit, blueberry and treacle with good length on a mellow, soft tannin finish.